UChicago swimming and diving stands in second and fourth after day two of UAA Championships

Anna Girlich, Agnes Lo and Alexander Farrell
Anna Girlich, Agnes Lo and Alexander Farrell

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's swimming and diving team broke five school records on day two of the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday.

Emory University leads in both the men's and women's standings with 596 and 636 points, respectively. UChicago's women stand in second with 474 points and the men are fourth with 325.5 points.

UChicago totaled eight All-UAA performances on the day. The women's divers stood out as freshman Agnes Lo, sophomore Anna Girlich, junior Natalie DeMuro and junior Monica Kieff all set new personal best scores on the three-meter board. Lo blew away the competition with a winning score of 510.55, which set a new school record and topped the field by 43 points. Girlich was second with 467.20 points and was clear of the next finisher by 25 points. DeMuro's 434.80 points qualifies her for NCAA diving zones alongside Lo and Girlich.

The women's 200-yard freestyle relay took second place with the quartet of freshman Yifan Mao, senior Maya Scheidl, senior Alison Wall and senior Jessie Ho. Their time of 1:34.42 was a school record and surpassed the threshold for the 2016 NCAA qualifying mark for nationals.

Wall added to her All-UAA accolades with a third-place showing in the 200-yard IM in 2:04.88. She broke the school record in prelims with a 2:04.10, which also would be a 2016 NCAA qualifying mark.

The women's 400-yard medley relay was third (3:49.90) thanks to the efforts of junior Melissa Bischoff, sophomore Christina Cheng, senior Abby Erdmann and Scheidl. In the women's 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Hannah Eastman set a new school record in 4:58.40 (also a 2016 NCAA qualifying mark).

For the men, the 400-yard medley relay closed out the evening by breaking the UChicago record with a 3:19.67 to finish third (2016 NCAA qualifying mark). The relay consisted of freshman Byrne Litschgi, freshman Reona Yamaguchi, sophomore Michael Todd and sophomore Alexander Farrell.

Farrell was All-UAA three times on the night. Along with the 400-yard medley relay, he was third in the 50-yard freestyle (20.68) and second as part of the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:22.39). The relay included Litschgi, freshman Aidan Meara and senior Jonathan Simoneau.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
Three-meter Diving – Agnes Lo (1st, 510.55); Anna Girlich (2nd, 467.20)
200-yard Freestyle Relay – 2nd, 1:34.42 (Yifan Mao, Maya Scheidl, Alison Wall, Jessie Ho)
200-yard IM – Alison Wall (3rd, 2:04.88)
400-yard Medley Relay – 3rd, 3:49.90 (Melissa Bischoff, Christina Cheng, Abby Erdmann, Maya Scheidl)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200-yard Freestyle Relay – 2nd, 1:22.39 (Alexander Farrell, Byrne Litschgi, Aidan Meara, Jonathan Simoneau)
50-yard Freestyle – Alexander Farrell (3rd, 20.68)
400-yard Medley Relay – 3rd, 3:19.67 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Michael Todd, Alexander Farrell)


  • Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11 @ 10 AM / 5:30 PM – UAA Championships at UChicago